Community Almanac

Christmas Concert

Christmas Concert


Roundup Christmas party 

The Payson Roundup office will close at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 for the staff Christmas party. It will reopen at 8 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14.

See’s Candy at Pine Library 

Pine Library just received its shipment of See’s Candy for this holiday season. A large selection of candy is available until sold out.

All proceeds will go toward purchasing additional library materials. Candy can be purchased during regular library hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday. For more information, call the library at (928) 476-3678.

There is also a “Tree of Giving” in the foyer. If you would like to donate to the library through this program, just select a title to purchase for the library. This is a wonderful opportunity to share with your community by giving a book to the library that will reach many hands.

General Plan community workshop

As part of the Town of Payson General Plan update, a Community Issues Identification Workshop is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11 at Messinger Payson Funeral Home Community Room, 901 S. Westerly Road.

This is a public forum and a terrific opportunity to get involved in shaping the development of the community over the next decade.

This workshop will delve into the community’s priorities by exploring topic areas through brainstorming, small group exercises, and identifying opportunities and challenges to be addressed.

For more information, contact the Town of Payson Planning & Zoning Department, (928) 474-5242.

Pine Library holiday events

Christmas time is fun time for kids at the library. Pre-school story hour is every Wednesday from 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. On Wednesday, Dec. 12 kids will decorate gingerbread men. On Wednesday, Dec. 19 it’s “Polar Express” time with a surprise at the end of the story.

During Christmas break, it’s Holiday Movie Madness. Mark your calendar for Thursday, Dec. 22 to see “Santa Paws 2, the Santa Pups,” and on Thursday, Jan 3 see “Thunderstruck.” Movies start at 1:30 p.m.

Lecture planned on ‘intelligent nutrition’

A free educational lecture on “intelligent nutrition” is planned from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12 by Cindy Bryant, CNHP, FIfHI, wellness advocate with Healthy Perspectives.

Discover more about the role of genetics and nutrition in preventing and mitigating chronic diseases and improving quality of life.

Bryant will discuss a host of environmental factors, including diet and lifestyle and how they dictate how and when your genes express themselves.

Reserve a space for this educational event at Healthy Perspectives, call (928) 472-7120.

Mid-week Advent Services

Shepherd of The Pines Lutheran Church

Midweek Advent Services will be held at Shepherd of The Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson, in preparation for the birth of Jesus. Services will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12 and 19.

For more information, call Pastor Steve DeSanto, (928) 474-5440

Christmas Concert

Payson Choral Society will present a Christmas concert at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. comes Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Payson High School Auditorium. Concert tickets are $10 at the door for adults, or $8 if purchased in advance. Children and students up to age 18 are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased in advance from Choral Society members, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, and at the Payson Public Library.

Rock of Ages Evangelical Lutheran Church

Rock of Ages Evangelical Lutheran Church continues its program, “Advent - The Coming of Jesus!” at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12. The theme for this program is “His Advent – In Grace! He comes in Grace now!… Is happening.” Come at 6 p.m. for the free soup supper in the Fellowship Hall.

Rock of Ages is at 204 W. Airport Road. Pastor Thomas Spiegelberg will be conducting the service.

Payson Library events

The Payson Public Library will has special programs for children in December.

The Count Down to the Holidays program is for ages 5 to 11 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 13 and 20. The program will include puppet shows, stories, songs, games, crafts, food and prizes.

Sign up in the Children’s Room or call (928) 474-9260. The program is limited to 25 children.

The Tiny Tots Christmas Program is for ages 2 to 5 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 14 and 21. The program will include puppet shows, stories, songs, games, crafts, food and prizes.

Sign up in the Children’s Room or call (928) 474-9260. The program is limited to 25 children.

Community breakfast

Shepherd of The Pines Lutheran Church is hosting a community breakfast from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Friday, Dec. 14 at 507 W. Wade Lane. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, coffee and juice.

Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to attend for food and fellowship. A free will offering will be accepted.

The church will host a breakfast on the second Friday of every month. For more information, call (928) 474-5440.

Year-end yard sale

The Rim Country Literacy Program, 1001 S. Beeline Highway, behind the Knotty Pine Café, will have a year-end yard sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 15. Hundreds of books for children and adults, household items, decorative pieces, and some furniture will be available. Call (928) 468-7257 for more information.

ReStore plans weekly celebration

December is a time to enjoy the holidays with family and friends. The Habitat for Humanity ReStore would like to thank all of its customers, volunteers and donors by having a celebration every Friday in December. Come down and enjoy some holiday treats with hot cocoa or cider while enjoying special savings throughout the store. The ReStore gets new donations of furniture, appliances and home improvement items every day. The store hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

To make a donation, please contact the ReStore at (928) 474-4247.

Morgan’s Creek Montessori Kids Christmas Concert

The youngsters from Morgan’s Creek Montessori will present at concert as part of a fun day at Mountain High Coffee Works from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14.

Manny & The Bells will also present live music. There will be hot chocolate, Christmas family portraits, a food drive with contributions earning raffle tickets, and more.

Mountain High Coffee Works is at 612 N. Highway 87, Payson. For details, call (480) 689-0896.

PATS Hike Saturday

A Payson Area Trails System hike of Houston Loop will begin at 9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 15. Meet at Houston Mesa Trailhead, a mile east of North Highway 87 off Houston Mesa Road. The hike is two miles with a moderate level of difficulty — a great family hike.

Christmas for youth in need

Help is needed to provide a happy holiday for the growing number of displaced and disadvantaged youth in the Rim Country.

A number of area organizations are uniting to help meet this need for at least 140 youngsters. Anyone who would like to join the group is welcome. There will be gatherings Saturday, Dec. 15 and Sunday, Dec. 16 to sort and wrap presents. Items not received will have to be purchased around that same time. The party for the kids is Saturday, Dec. 22 at the Senior Center.

Some financial donations have been made, but more are needed to purchase clothing. For more information, contact Joan Young, Rim Country Optimist Club, P.O. Box 2273, Payson, AZ 85547 or (928) 472-2264. Checks should be made out to Rotary Club Foundation and are deductible.

Water lecture

Cindy Bryant, CNHP, FIfHI, wellness advocate with Healthy Perspectives will present a free educational lecture, “Water, Water Everywhere But From What Source Should I Drink?” from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 15.

She will discuss the many types of water available and which ones have the greatest impact on overall health and well-being. Learn about the various types of water and how to properly alkalize, hydrate and detoxify the body. Attendees are asked to provide a sample of their drinking water and during the lecture they will be tested for pH content. Please reserve a space for this event at Healthy Perspectives by calling (928) 472-7120.

Program on pain management

The Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, will present a program on pain management with Dr. Marc Grant at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 19.

Call ahead for reservations, (928) 472-9290.

Adopt a Senior Christmas Angel

Local residents and businesses may help less fortunate seniors in the community by stopping by any Edward Jones branch office during regular business hours to select a “Senior Angel” now through Friday, Dec. 14.

Shop for your selected senior and then drop off the gifts, which Edward Jones staff will deliver to Payson/Pine area seniors in need.

Branch locations are: 411 S. Beeline Highway, Ste. B, and 113 W. Main St. in Payson and 4010 N. Highway 87 in Pine.

The Payson Senior Circle also has a tree with tags representing older residents that would enjoy any holiday cheer you might share. The names on the tags at the Senior Circle are residents at one of the area’s care centers. The Senior Circle is at 215 N. Beeline Hwy., Payson.

Humane society angel tree

Help make the holiday happy for the animals at the Humane Society of Central Arizona’s shelter. Arizona State Credit Union has an angel tree with tags listing the dogs and cats at the shelter. Stop by 104 E. Highway 260 and grab a tag and bring back a gift by noon, Monday, Dec. 24.

Community Kids offer Christmas cards

The Payson Community Kids members have made special Christmas cards. The group is selling boxes of 12 cards for $20.  There are six different designs with two of the same cards in each box. 

Get the cards by calling (928) 978-3256 or stop by Roadrunner Rubbish, 107 W. Wade Lane #7; Bob’s Western Wear; or the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Attention: Churches

Rim Country churches are invited to send the Payson Roundup information about special programs and services planned for Christmas. Drop the notices off at the office at 708 N. Beeline Highway or send by e-mail to

The notices are due by noon, Monday, Dec. 17.


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